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KONGSBERG FOCUSES ON DIGITALISATION

Thursday, August 27, 2020 

Kongsberg plans to increase investment in maritime digital solutions, focus on building strong partnerships and combine Kongsberg Digital’s two maritime divisions into one brand: Digital Ocean, which will be headed by former SVP Energy Andreas Jagtøyen.

According to the company, the benefits and necessity of digitalisation are becoming increasingly apparent. Kongsberg is spearheading the development of maritime digitalisation solutions through its data infrastructure solution for vessel owners and operators, Vessel Insight, adjacent digital solutions such as Vessel Performance and Remote Services, and partnerships with other large maritime vendors such as DNV GL and recently ABB. All parties focus on digital deliveries based on their core expertise, to enable end-to-end digitalisation that brings value to customers. Kongsberg Digital’s Maritime Digital Solutions unit will be combined with the Maritime Simulation hub, enabling the synergies required to address a need in the market for maritime digital twins.

Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital and EVP Kongsberg, said: “Digitalising the maritime industry is not a one-company job and therefore Kongsberg is partnering up with experts externally and combining expertise internally to generate synergies. Kongsberg Digital has delivered highly realistic maritime simulation technology for decades and our experience from the energy sector has shown us how valuable simulation technology is in bringing about functional dynamic digital twins. Andreas spearheaded this work on the energy side, and now he will break new ground on the development of digital twins on the maritime side.”

Egil Haugsdal, President of Kongsberg Maritime and EVP Kongsberg, said: “Digitalisation and the use of big data plays an important role in making shipping greener, and reaching the environmental targets set by IMO. In Kongsberg we aim for a continued focus on digital opportunities in the Ocean space, together with our customers across the world.” Jagtøyen has a maritime background and recently led Kongsberg Digital’s development of Kognitwin Energy, the company’s digital twin solution for the energy sector. He sees an increasing interest in the market for digital twin solutions on the maritime side.

Jagtøyen said: “From a digital twin perspective, there are obvious synergies between what we have developed over decades on the simulation side and, more recently, on the data infrastructure side with Vessel Insight. More and more customers reach out to learn how the development of maritime digital twins is progressing, both related to autonomous shipping and to solutions supporting more efficient and safe operation of advanced equipment and machinery on board the vessels. So, we believe this is a market to be reckoned with in the future. Together with the people in Kongsberg, with their massive maritime technology and software expertise, and our partners, we will give the market answers to their questions.”

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